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China to join 160-state international agency to double global renewable energy share

Chinese government will become member of IRENA to double worldwide share of renewable energy by 2030

China joining the IRENA to double the worldwide renewable energy share is being described as a milestone event

China has announced it will join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in what is being described as a milestone in international efforts to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030. The accession of China marks a major step toward universal membership for the Agency, which currently has 160 participating states.

“China looks forward to becoming a full member of IRENA soon, as well as working alongside all countries for greater achievements in global renewable energy development,” said Liu Qi, vice-minister of the National Energy Administration of China, at IRENA’s 3rd annual Assembly in the United Arab Emirates capital, Abu Dhabi.

China is the world’s largest energy producer, with total installed electrical power generation capacity of 1140GW, and is increasingly turning to renewable energy to power its fast growing economy.

It is the world leader for installed capacity of hydro and wind power, with 249GW of hydro and 63GW of wind, and is adding more hydro and wind capacity annually than any other country. China’s installed generating capacity of solar PV power has reached 7GW, a tenfold increase over two years. China is also a manufacturing powerhouse for solar PV, wind and hydro power technology.

“The decision by China to join IRENA is a milestone in international efforts to promote renewable energy,” said IRENA’s Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “I am delighted with the confidence China has shown in IRENA and I look forward to their active participation in the global effort for a clean energy future for all.”

The announcement from China to double renewable energy, including hydropower, follows news that a Chinese association is working with the UK to promote and develop the hydro sector